Reigning in Life by the “Much More” Grace of God
For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. (Rom_5:17)
Man’s problems are a result of his initial relationship with Adam. God’s remedies are found in a new relationship with Jesus Christ. As we have seen, all of humanity begins life ruled by a tyrant dictator called death, due to their link with Adam. “By the one man’s offense death reigned through the one.” However, when people become related to Jesus Christ through faith, they can increasingly learn to reign in life by the “much more” grace of God.
Notice again that God’s remedy for those under the reign of death is two-fold: “those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life.” Every Christian has received, and has been standing in, the gift of righteousness since the day they were justified by faith in the Lord. This is the only way that anyone can be accepted by a holy, righteous God. Yet, having this wonderful gift of imputed righteousness credited to our account in heaven does not automatically bring daily spiritual victory into the life of God’s justified saints. Many Christians, although possessing this gift of the righteousness, do not walk in daily victory. The reason for this lack of spiritual victory is related to the other aspect of God’s two-fold provision, “abundance of grace.”
Many Christians do not characteristically live by receiving God’s grace. Many attempt to live victoriously by merely doing the best that they can by their own human resources. They hope to achieve victory step by step. This will always prove inadequate, because victory must be received from the Lord. “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1Co_15:57). “Give and receive” is the language of grace (which depends upon the work of God). “Earn and achieve” is the language of law (which depends upon the work of man).
Jesus came to man’s rescue filled to overflowing with God’s grace. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us . . . full of grace and truth” (Joh_1:14). Now, for those forgiven by grace, there is a victorious life to be lived by humble dependence upon the “abundance of God’s grace” available to us through our new relationship with the Lord. “Much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”
Father God, I see that Your grace is the resource for living as a Christlike overcomer, reigning in life. Lord, I humble myself before You, admitting my need for Your grace. I reach out to You in faith, praising You that there is abundance of grace available for such victorious living!